Participation, Power and Progress: Community Development Towards 2030 – Our Analysis, Our Actions

24-27 June*, Maynooth University, Kildare, Ireland

This conference will provide a unique opportunity for practitioners, participants, academics, policy makers, funders and other stakeholders to share perspectives on current contexts and challenges for community work.

The conference will encompass cutting edge inputs, papers, creative installations and poster presentations on rights-based community development, addressing and engaging locally, nationally and internationally with key current issues including:

  • Change and transformation
  • Impact and outcomes: Measuring and monitoring
  • The role of state agencies, regional and local authorities
  • Current rural and/or urban challenges
  • International development
  • Community economic development
  • Environmental justice and sustainable development
  • Women’s rights
  • Gender
  • Poverty
  • Migration
  • Racism
  • Indigenous peoples and minority rights
  • Disability
  • Health
  • Community development standards, education and training
  • Community development and other disciplines
  • Civil and political rights
  • Economic, social, and cultural rights

Other suggestions welcome

Followed by an optional Practice Exchange

Visit for special early registration prices and on campus accommodation. Early booking advised. For other enquiries please email:

WCDC2018 provides a unique opportunity to celebrate IACD’s 65th anniversary.


24 June – International Induction
25, 26, 27 June – Main Conference